(Closed) Honeymoon in Iceland, any tips?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

leembee:  lol I forgot about the egg showers…It would have helped so much to keep the window open but I had to keep it closed because it’s right in the shower and there was construction happening next door, and the men could see in the window if I left it open.  Fastest showers I ever had πŸ˜‰ 

Unfathomably:  Not hard at all.  Darling Husband booked it online (a small car, didn’t need a 4×4 for the areas we were heading) and we didn’t need international licences.  Unless you’re in Reykjavik, there is hardly any traffic, or maybe we just got lucky with hardly seeing anyone.  We drove from Reykjavik to Akureyri, and saw maybe 10 cars on the hwy.  It was wonderful.  They do tell you to be careful, depending on what part of the island you’re going do.  Weather can change in a heartbeat.  Luckily we didn’t have any problems, but do check the weather along your route before you head out.

I feel like we’re the only people who visited Iceland, and did not go to the Blue Lagoon.  We found other pools (not meant for swimming) but so neat to look at.  Definitely drive the Golden Circle…lots of sights to see in a relatively short distance. 

We rented apartments and bought groceries which helped cut down the costs.  My favourite restaurant in Reykjavik was Kitchen Eldhus – Nepalese food.  Amazing.  We went there several times, and the owner is a sweet Nepalese man who was very chatty. 

I’ll try to remember other things as the days goes on πŸ™‚

Post # 17
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Blushing bee

Unfathomably:  Awesome! Look up The Traveling Viking. They do a one day Game of Thrones Tour. Loads of other companies offer one, but this is the only one ive found in my research that does a one day only tour, the others are like 5 day tour packages. I heard that some members of the case have also been on the tour that The Traveling Viking does πŸ™‚ I haven’t been on it so unfortunately I can’t tell you how it is. Fiance and I are also planning a trip to Iceland, which is how I know about it!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

We’re going in July, with the layover deal that you can stop for up to a week on your way to another destination. We’re coming from San Francisco, so it’s costing us $1250 a person. But I just checked Icelandair directly and there’s flights from $710 per person from NY…way less than what you originally found..which IS ridiculously priced haha. We’re renting the car through Sixt, which we found to be pretty inexpensive compared to others. I’ve heard good things about Blue car rental though also. If you’re going in the summer, you won’t necessarily need a 4×4 unless you go on the F roads, which we are avoiding in order to save money on the rental. We’re staying at an apartment (airbnb.com) which is way better than a hotel, pricewise and also because it allows us to buy groceries and make food in the kitchen. 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I went 10 years ago with my family and it was amazing! We toured round the south and East coasts of the country before heading back across the middle. I ditto about going to the Blue Lagoon and I would also recommend seeing the glacier as well, which is more towards the east coast. They eat a lot of fish in Iceland so I hope you two are partial!

There are lots of waterfalls in Iceland…so much so that after a few days whenever anyone went “look, a waterfall!” No one looked up! I would definitely recommend Gulfoss on the south Coast, it is very beautiful. Dettifoss is the most powerful and on the north coast but it is also one of the dirtiest it appears to me and, personally, I did not find it too impressive.

 

You are going to have an amazing time.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Unfathomably:  I loved it in September. My boyfriend is a photographer and we were hoping to see the aurora borealis and we were very successful πŸ˜€ My profile picture is one from Iceland. It was chilly especially at night and the wind was incredible (like hurricane force some days). It wasn’t miserable though and we packed for it, plenty of layers and sweat wicking stuff.

Rental cars πŸ™‚ We rented from Sixt with a Virginia drivers license. No problems and they were very cheap. I HIGHLY recommened checking with your credit card company on their rental car policies and what your credit card will cover. The reason I say this: our last day in Iceland on the way to the airport we wrecked our rental. Haha… we were okay but the car was jacked up and it was our fault. We got the insurance Sixt offered because my SO is an excellent driver and we’ve never had an issue in all the countries we’ve driven in lol. It cost us 1500 euros= $1900. OUCH. Turns out if we had declined the insurance and stuck with our own our credit card company would have reimbursed us up to $2,000… So that sucked. A lot. If you get into an accident there they don’t call the police they call a road assistance crew and they come and take photos and your stories (which they type up in Icelandic so you won’t have a clue what’s ACTUALLY being said) they get in contact with both insurance companies and finally call tow trucks and then take you to the closest place they can drop you and all your stuff lol.

There are a million roundabouts in Iceland. We went through 10 in less than a mile haha. But it’s easy to navigate, we used an offline maps program that helped tremendously. I recommend downloading one before you go or renting a gps while you’re there. Now that I’ve told you my life story I’ll hush πŸ˜‰

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Ryansgirl:  We didn’t do the blue lagoon either πŸ™‚ I wondered if we were the only ones!

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I saw your dress post and have pretty much creeped myself out after stalking your posts πŸ™ annyyway, i’m not sure if you booked flights but a new airline WOW air has just started selling tickets to Iceland/UK from Boston and Washington DC. Th begin flighs from Boston in March 2015, and Washington DC in June 2015.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

Those flight prices def sound unreasonably high.  Are you sure you weren’t on a site that was showing you the total price for 2 rather than the price for each?  (sorry if that sounds insulting but I am seeing flights for around $700 each)

As for Iceland tips, one cool thing we did was an excursion with a company called Goecco where they take you out to a natural hot spring to hang out in the middle of these crazy moss fields. Totally chill and different.  The trip itself was obnoxiously expensive (although snacks and wine were included) so it would probably be even better if you could somehow find information online about how to find some of those hot springs and just go on your own.

ETA: And pick up some booze in duty free if you are so inclined… drinks in bars are UNGODLY expensive in Iceland. 

Post # 25
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Worker bee

I went to Iceland about a year ago with my cousins. We actually used nordicvisitor.com to book a tour package and then booked flights on our own. I believe we did the northern lights tour for 8 days/7 nights. They had someone pick us up from the airport upon arrival and drive us to our hotel in Reykjavik. Then the next day began with tours. It was actually a lot of fun and we saw so many places through the tour. We even had enough time imo to go around on our own to explore. Iceland isn’t that big so you could easily do a lot within a few days and people mostly like in Reykjavik.

 

I tried looking but couldn’t find it but I think I recently saw like an Amazon, groupon or living social deal for Iceland trip with airfare. If you’re not in a rush keep an eye out as I’ve seen some deals out there. Airfare shouldn’t be much and they’re growing their economy again so travel is fairly reasonable. Just be advised that things are still pretty expensive in Iceland such as shopping/food. I was expecting if to be super cheap since their economy crashed but it wasn’t. 

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